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Pabitra Mukhopadhyay


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What is your poetry?

Poetry communicates what nothing other than poetry can. We all have those unspoken stories, the resounding silence and the brilliance of darkness that defy the structures of prose. Some of us can have poetry to speak for us, like Suheir does. Some of us do not have it and read it to know that someone else has spoken for us.

Leonard Cohen said, 'Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.'

How well is your life burning? How much ash did it gather? What is your poetry?

Dedicated to my TED friend Jim Moonan.


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  • May 21 2013: For me to understand poetry I need to reflect it on movement.
    In a way poetry can flow, so it can in movement. And be knowing myself, I experienced I can better understand by looking it from the point of view of movement.

    Just being able to make that connection is for me already the beauty of poetry
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      May 21 2013: And how do you make that connection? Can you tell us?
      • May 21 2013: Through emotional experiences that I associate with movement. I use dance to express myself. And poetry can be my inspiration. So what I feel about poetry can then be expressed into movement. And that is my process :)

        I hope this makes any sense. If not, I can always try to explain it differently or with examples.

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